Paquito D’Rivera introduces Paquito Records
First Release –Funk Tango Paquito D’Rivera Quintet?
With over fifty recordings in the varied musical styles that he loves to perform and create, Paquito finally has a label where he can be completely himself. Paquito D’Rivera Quintet? Funk Tango, refers to the fact that the quintet, in Paquito’s world can sometimes be a trio or a sextet, or an orchestra, or a duo. The core musicians on the record are Mark Walker on drums, Oscar Stagnaro on bass, Diego Urcola on trumpet and valve-trombone, Alon Yavnai on piano, joined by Pernell Saturnino on percussion, Hector Del Curto on bandoneon, additional pianists Ed Simon, (an old band member), and Fernando Otero, and newcomer Pablo Stagnaro on cajon. This recording features original compositions from many band members, and highlights their diversity of styles in composition and performance. You will surely enjoy the journey, from a funky tango, to Peruvian rhythms on "Mariela’s Dream", to the elegant Cuban "Contradanza", by way of a bolero, to a waltz, samba, and milonga, to the closing jazz standard "Giant Steps".